The upside to this is that I have more books than I can read. The downside to it is... I have more books than I can read. And shelve. I love reading and I love books, but the time has come for me to realize that I can't house all the books I have anymore. I also feel bad about the number of books I just don't have time to read and review.
So, in order to galvanize me to get rid of some books (and read more older titles), I sorted my books into various piles (sequels to books I've read, first books in a series, standalones, YA, books I'm not sure I'll like, etc.) and then reorganized my bookshelves.
|Note, the upright books on the bottom left are history books I need quick access to and oversized books.|
I've also made a few piles of 'read 50 pages' books on my floor. These are books whose synopses don't really interest me, but that I feel bad discarding outright. I figure if a book can't capture my interest in 50 pages it's not worth keeping around. And it gives books I might otherwise leave on my shelves indefinitely a chance to wow me, or go to a home where someone who is interested in them lives.
The end result of this is two-fold. First, I've already started accepting fewer review books and only request books on Netgalley (and reduced the number I request). Summers are always light for new books, but I expect I'll be getting several titles in the fall and I want to be able to read those right away. Second, while I've been trying to keep up my once a week book review schedule, reading 50 pages of several books until I find one that I want to read all of means I won't be finishing as many books and so won't be able to review them. In other words, expect to see a few more movie reviews on Tuesdays.